The French industry group for privately held broadcasters has appointed Nonce Paolini its president. Paolini is chairman and managing director of TF1 and will serve a two-year term in his role at the Association of Private Channels (ACP). He succeeds Canal Plus president Bertrand MÃ©heut in the position.
On the same day as PaoliniÂs appointment, the industry group publicly questioned the findings of a working group report into the marketing and publicity activities of French state broadcaster France TÃ©lÃ©visions. It argues that the fact that the broadcaster is still transmitting some advertising undermines the rationale for imposing a tax, even at a reduced level, on other media companies to plug the gap created by the removal of ads from France TÃ©lÃ©visionsÂ channels.
ÂThe ACP recalls that the private channels do not have to finance a public competitor. In addition, this competitor disturbs the advertising market by an abnormally low tariff policy,Â the group said in a statement.Â